Parents: Great Reward

  Great Reward is the third release from New Zealand hardcore band Parents, and the album’s title is pretty much an on-point summation of the contents therein. Auckland-based Parents create explosive and unhinged punk rock, and while their music is always fierce, it’s often unconventional too. That means Great Reward features tracks that are different and more distinctive than the usual hardocre fare. They’re songs that are as adroit as... Read More

Into Orbit: Caverns

Into Orbit: Caverns German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer shuffled off this mortal coil back in 1860, but not before leaving heartwarming maxims about life like this behind: “Human existence must be a kind of error … it may be said of it, it is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens.” Now, obviously, Schopenhauer wasn’t exactly a laugh riot. Although, like a lot of his philosopher pals, he’d clearly have... Read More


Titan—Burn Acrophobia is the fear of heights, and Burn, the debut full-length from sludgy hardcore behemoths Titan, fills me with just such dread. Colossal walls of riffs are to be found on Burn. Built on a foundation of hardcore, they’re monoliths of sound, piercing doom-laden skies and towering into a blazing aether. From up on top, the transition between movements can feel like a lurching drop. As lofty heights are ascended, you become transfixed... Read More